Land Rover Driving SchoolA day-long drenching rain was coming to an end as my wife and I arrived at the 8,000 acre Biltmore Estate and headed towards the Land Rover Driving School. We were a little early and Greg Nikolas, who's in charge of the school, was still out with a group of instructor trainees, putting them through the paces on muddy trails.
We spent some time walking around the nearby buildings, including the Biltmore Estate's historic horse barn, where we saw exhibits of antique farm equipment and other displays that tell some of the history of this working Estate. You can watch craft demonstrations at the barn and attend musical events, so if you're in the area be sure to check the Estate's schedules.
Although I became acquainted with Greg while I worked as Service Manager for a local Land Rover dealer, and had been off-road on the Estate for our dealership's weekend events, this was my first visit to the Driving School.
The school is owned and operated by Land Rover -- the only automaker to operate a year-round, permanent driving school. New Land Rover vehicles are always used for instruction -- this trip took place a few years back, and models have changed.
We headed out to the course in an LR3.